By Graham Sturgeon, staff writer

Shiawassee County’s township supervisors chose Phil Matthews, R-Sciota, to serve as their representative on the County Advisory Tax Limitation Committee during the Tuesday, Dec. 15, Road Commission year-end meeting. The group had first discussed the nomination during the Dec. 1 Michigan Township Association meeting after the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners (BOC) voted Nov. 18 to form the committee. The six-member group will decide the county Operating Millage that will be forwarded to the BOC for inclusion on the May, August or November election ballot.

The group chose Matthews unanimously over Mike Herendeen, R-Middlebury, on its third vote of the evening. The first vote left the two candidates tied with six votes each, which prompted Owosso Township Supervisor Danny Miller to speak in favor of Herendeen and Caledonia Township Supervisor Joe DeCaire to speak for Matthews. The group’s desire to have a unanimous selection brought the final 12-0 vote in favor of Matthews, after the second vote went 8-4 in favor of Matthews.

The BOC voted to create the committee well in advance of the expiration of the county’s current 5.555 mill Operating Millage, which expires in April 2017. The current Operating Millage was passed in 1996 by a tax advisory board. The BOC does not know what the new millage rate will be, but several commissioners have said they expect the figure to be close to the current rate. The BOC will have final say as to when to put the millage proposal on the election ballot.

With the naming of Matthews being the final selection needed to form the committee, the group will now have 10 days to meet for the first time. Shall the committee be unable to come to a consensus on a ballot proposal by the end of 2016, the BOC would then need to form a tax advisory board that will set the Operating Millage on its own.

Supervisors Choose Representative was last modified: December 21st, 2015 by Karen Elford